Eleanor Jourdain

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Eleanor Jourdain

Eleanor Jourdain (1863–1924) was an English academic and author, and Principal of St Hugh's College, Oxford, 1915 to 1924. She rose to fame following a claim that she and a fellow teacher had slipped back in time to the period of the French Revolution while on a trip to Versailles, known as the Moberly–Jourdain incident. She and Charlotte Anne Moberly wrote a book together about the experience. The book was published pseudonymously; their identity was not revealed until the mid-1920s, after Jourdain's death. The book was a best seller but attracted much criticism.


  • An Adventure [at the Petit Trianon. Signed Elizabeth Morison, Frances Lamont]. / [by Moberly, Charlotte Anne Elizabeth]. London, 1911. The later editions were published by Faber, including one edited by Joan Evans, 1955
  • Jourdain, Eleanor (1989). Ghosts of the Trianon: the complete "An Adventure". Borgo Pr. ISBN 0-8095-7105-6. 

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